The Minsk Half Marathon is one of the very few sports events that didn’t get on the list of the events the cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The race is still scheduled for 13 September and, judging by the number of applications, it will bring together more than 40,000 people. The fastest runners will get $60,000 from the prize fund of Bank Dabrabyt.
Registration for the upcoming race continues. If the dynamics remains, the Minsk Half Marathon will reach a limit of 42 thousand participants ahead of time. Also, the global pandemic did not scare away runners from other countries.
“Registration is a bit slower than last year because of the pandemic. But we hope to get as many participants as we originally indicated. Representatives of about 40 countries have already confirmed their participation,” said Vadim Devyatovsky, Chairman of the Belarusian Athletics Federation.
Most participants chose a 5,5 km mass race, while most of the star athletes went for 21,1 km as a challenge. This year those taking the first six places at distances of 21,1 and 10,55 km, as well as the first three at 5,5 km will share $60,000.
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The registration fee depends on the distance and time of registration: the fee 5,5 km now starts from BYN 15 and can reach up to BYN 100 while registering for the maximum distance of 21km the day before the start.
Schoolchildren, students, seniors, people with disabilities, the Chernobyl clean-up workers and war veterans can run 5,5km race for free. Note that online registration is still open on the Minsk Half Marathon website until 12 September or until the maximum number of participants is reached.